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RFID Automates Invoice Data for Bulk Storage Facility
MSC Distribution has reduced labor costs related to inventory tracking and has also improved invoice accuracy, with an automated RFID system from Advanced Mobile Group that tracks when goods are moved into and out of storage.
May 09, 2017—
More than a year after installing an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID system to track the movement of its bulk storage, MSC Distribution reports that it has reduced labor costs and boosted invoicing accuracy, and that it can share data with customers regarding the locations of their goods. The solution, provided by Doylestown, Penn.-based technology company Advanced Mobile Group (AMG), enables MSC to identify which zone each tagged product enters and leaves through, thereby ensuring that pallets or packages of goods do not end up missing or fail to meet schedules.
MSC Distribution, a dry and liquid bulk packing and storage third-party logistics (3PL) firm, built a new facility to serve the industrial triangle between Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Thousands of products move through the facility and spend at least some time in storage. Those items vary from palletized dry goods to drums and bagged goods, and are typically stored or moved around the facility via a forklift.
The location of goods is especially important when it comes to volatile products, such as chemical agents used during fracking and other processes. Ensuring that those products are monitored, and that their whereabouts is known at all times, is critical to the company.
MSC Distribution wanted to automate the process of collecting goods storage data for billing. It also sought to share that information with customers so that they could make more strategic decisions themselves, such as scheduling the pickup of an item that has been in storage for a long period of time, or understanding whether their goods have arrived at the facility or have moved on to a customer site.
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